When most of us think of Easter Island, or Rapa Nui, we think of moai, the 887 magnificent statues that guard its shores. But the mystery of BBC4's Easter Island: Mysteries of a Lost World wasn't how these monoliths were made, or how they were moved into place (aliens, obviously) or even whether the ancient Rapa Nui people were responsible for their own decline, it's why the myths have persisted for so long.
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Tuesday 28 January 2014
The fire-pit found near Tel-Aviv could hold the secret to the beginnings of social culture among early humans
Govan Stones: Historic Hogback Stone leaves Scotland for first time in 1,100 years to go on display at British Museum
Monday 27 January 2014
One of the most important relics of indigenous Viking culture will leave Scotland for the first time in its 1,100 year history to go on display at the British Museum this week.
Italy threatens legal action after British Government refuses to return artefacts seized from disgraced London art dealer
Tuesday 21 January 2014
Sculptures of marble heads, a bronze bust of Alexander the Great and bronze statuettes of the gods form part of the collection
Thursday 16 January 2014
Archaeologists have unearthed an ancient cemetery thought to contain the tombs of 16 pharaohs
Thursday 16 January 2014
Notable hauls include a rare hoard of Anglo-Saxon coins
Tuesday 14 January 2014
Archaeologists are thrilled at the blood-thirsty findings
Friday 03 January 2014
The ancient Egyptian pharaoh was buried with an erect penis, no heart and covered in black oils to make him appear as the god Osiris, new study claims
Friday 20 December 2013
King Arthur Pendragon says 'the spirit of Arthur has returned to have the ancients reinterred at Stonehenge'
Tuesday 17 December 2013
New study reveals proof for first time of how cats became ‘domesticated’
Sunday 15 December 2013
Druids and archaeologists battle it out at Stonehenge’s new £27m centre
Thursday 05 December 2013
Contractors have stumbled upon an ancient skeleton while digging a sewer trench in Norton-on-Derwent, near Malton. The skeleton is thought to be of either Roman or pre-historic origin.
Tuesday 03 December 2013
The brick footings of two huts were revealed as workmen were digging up one of the former code-breaking centre's car parks
Monday 25 November 2013
Archaeologists digging beneath sacred Maya Devi Temple find first physical evidence to enable them to accurately date the nativity of Prince Siddhartha Gautama
Saturday 23 November 2013
“One thing we bring to time,” writes archaeologist Richard Morris in this multi-levelled book about digging up the English past, “is a compulsion to split it up”.
Friday 22 November 2013
The controversial archaeologist Zahi Hawass reveals how her lateness led to upset
Stephen Fry explains what he would say if he was 'confronted by God'
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse
Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow
President Putin is a dangerous psychopath - reason is not going to work with him
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
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